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Jan 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
on the way to the pentagon was his lgbt rights. he rejected james hormel to be ambassador to luxembourg with frankly offensive comments. hagel told a local newspaper i'm quoting ambassadorial posts are sensitive. they're representing america. they're representing our lifestyles values and standards, and i think it's an inhibiting factor to be openly, aggressively gay like mr. hormel to do a better job. this was the late 90s and toxic homophobia was very common common, hagel has apologized for those remarks and said as secretary of defense he will support open service and lgbt military families. now the log cabin republicans the lgbt gay advocacy group did not seem too impressed. they put out an ad chuck hagel hagel's apology, too little, too late. james hormel, the man hagel rejected and slandered had a very different take. quote, senator hagel stated in his remarks that he was willing to support open military service and lgbt military families. if that is a commitment to treat lgbt services members and families like everybody else, i would support his nomination. starting with hagel i
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Jan 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
a bloated pentagon was two years ago. since then both parties have agreed that the budget needs to be scaled back. and $487 billion has been cut over the following ten years. now the debate is how much more we should cut. my own view is we can cut a little bit more but not as much as sequestration would require. so again the confirmation hearings are going to be excellent opportunities to get into these matters. i don't know what senator hagel things about how much more deeply we can cut, he should be asked. but the pentagon was bigger than it needed to be in 2011 and that's commonly accepted idea at this point. >> jennifer: that's interesting. so that might be a bit of a red herring or at least an unimportant factor but the obama administration is reaching out to jewish groups to get his nomination. do you think statements related to israel are going to pose a problem for him? >> i don't know. i think it will cause some problems yes. it will probably lose him some votes, but i have been under the spotlight a lot less in my life than you have or senator hage
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Jan 10, 2013 7:00pm PST
every single obama nominee until the pentagon agreed to a contract in alabama shelby's home state to one of the largest contributors to shelby's campaign. >> jennifer: of course. will the it address this issue of the buying of filibusters by lobbyists, is that something that could be fixed? >> we don't know what the end package will look like. but the outline that has been proposed by udall will provide accountability. if a senator like senator shelby wants to block a special interest then they have to go to the floor and make their case. that will call for accountability. >> jennifer: so a piece of paper cannot make your case for you. you've got to do what jimmy stewart in "mr. smith goes to washington" did. stand on the floor and make the case. however, that has been opposed by the group of carl levin and john mccain. >> there are a lot of competing interests here, and some folks for the compromise where instead just some nominees could be blocked, but each senator could have unlimited abilities to filibuster a nominee. again, with the republicans in the minority, they don't want to se
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Jan 8, 2013 3:00pm PST
opposition will be the bureaucratic inertia in the pentagon. it's an enormous place. it's fueled by the defense industries more than the actual military themselves. and that revolving door between the upper levels of the military and defense contractors. one thing you will get from chuck hagel, you will get a concern for the men and women on the ground. that will be the most important part of having chuck hagel as a secretary of defense. he's the first infantry grunt to hold that job and i remembers what it's like. if there are think-tank cowboys who think they're going to go to the president and try to sell him on a war they'll have someone pushing back really hard and they'll have to kick down the doors. >> jennifer: i love that about him. it's the most salient quality about someone who is going to lead the decisions whether or not our men and women are going into battle. he is a courageous guy. a lot of backbone. standing up against the bureaucracy, that is a huge deal. you have another interesting take this morning. you wrote about president obama's choice about myrile everie
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Jan 11, 2013 3:00am PST
and flat as possible. jindal was a top republican contender for 2016. >> moving now to the pentagon, chuck hagel's appointment to defense secretary could depend largely on chuck schumer. he's the most powerful jewish democrat in congress. while he's kept quiet on hagel's nomination he told senators it would be difficult for him to support haiging because he does not believe he will be a strong enough supporter of israel. other democrats will likely follow suit meaning an opposition from schumer could cost hagel his candidacy. in the meantime, hagel is dealing with public opinion over his stance on iran. critics say hagel's been too friendly to the country over the years. now his new role is to convince tehran there's no backing out of the corner and no chance they can threaten israel or saudi arabia. more bill, next. we have a big big hour and the iq will go way up. (vo) current tv gets the converstion started weekdays at 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >
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Jan 10, 2013 3:00am PST
. >> you have to pass some of that bourbon over over here. good morning everyone. the pentagon is getting ready for its new boss, now that chuck hagel is the official pick of president obama for secretary of defense. the senate has not yet voted him in. hagel is getting plenty of criticism for his stances on israel iran and lgbt issues and he could face a long confirmation process. but the changing of the guard is already underway. current defense secretary leon panetta has authorized a military and civilian transition team to support hagel and brief him on operations, budget and administration policies. haigle will also need to prep a list of policy answers for the senate armed services committee. when panetta went through the process, his answers filled nearly 80 pages. today a federal appeals court will consider releasing photos of osama bin laden after his death. the conservative group judicial watch wants the government to release 52 images following the killing of bin laden in may of 2011. the government argues the photos should be kept secret in the interest of national security. s
Search Results 0 to 7 of about 8 (some duplicates have been removed)